What’s Life Really Like in Saskatchewan?

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in News, The Immigration Business | No Comments

I work with people from around the world, each who have given up their old lives, to start a new life here in Saskatchewan.  It is to these and others that I ask the question…What’s life really like in Saskatchewan?

Below you will find a short survey (only 10 questions) that I would love you to fill out, to let me know your thoughts on what it’s been like to move here.  Fill out as much or as little as you would like.  If you don’t have the answer to a questions, or it does not apply to you – simply skip it and answers those that you want to have input on.

I’ll be compiling the answers and sharing them with other newcomers in order to help them with their own settlement, so by sharing your experience, you’re helping someone else!

Thanks for taking the time to take the survey!

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Reuniting Families – I Have The Best Job Ever

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in News, The Immigration Business | No Comments

I recently had the pleasure of helping a Saskatchewan family as they tried to bring their parents over for a visit from Africa.  It was a short turnaround time and lots of emails and phone calls back and forth – but you can see by the looks on their faces…all the effort was worth it.  Did I mention I have the best job ever?

Our family was able to celebrate graduations and birthdays together with my mom and dad who flew from Africa and got to Saskatchewan just in time. All the happiness and joy would not have been possible without the help and commitment of Anika Henderson the most dedicated and hardworking immigration agent.  Anika worked so hard and ensure all visa paper work was done appropriately and no important information was missing. The complete application package was submitted, and because it was done appropriately, the process took less than a week and the visitor visas for my parents were approved!!! Anika is very professional, caring, and flexible and made the whole process of visa application stress free, Thank you Anika!!!

Here’s a few photos that show the fun they had during their visit.  Glad to have played a part, however small, in their joy!

This Saskatchewan family was able to reunite for some incredible family celebrations.
My Canada includes both immigrants AND their families

SCA Announces Partnership with Imagine Immigration + Consulting Services

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 in News | One Comment

Reprinted from the Saskatchewan Construction Association website:  http://www.scaonline.ca/

The Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA) is excited to announce their recent partnership with Imagine Immigration + Consulting Services (Imagine). The partnership was formed out of a need for foreign skilled workers to fill Saskatchewan’s current labour shortage. The partnership supports SCA members in workforce development.

As Mark Cooper, president of SCA, explains, “The SCA has heard from members that the immigration process can be cumbersome, time-consuming and wasteful. Knowing the importance of the immigrant worker pool for filling highly-skilled positions in our workforce, the SCA is excited to announce this partnership with Imagine. Anika is an immigration expert, and she knows our industry well. Her team will make the immigration process less painful for our members. Through this partnership, we’re delivering immigration services to SCA members that are high quality, very responsive and incredibly reasonably priced. This is a big win for SCA members.”

Imagine was founded in 2008 by Anika Henderson, and is a Canadian based immigration consulting service that offers immigrants the opportunity to live and work within Canada. Anika and her team of highly skilled professionals take people through every step of the immigration process to ensure they are placed with employers in need of workers.

Anika realized early on the time-consuming and sometimes daunting immigration process and has dedicated her work to focusing on minimizing these challenges, giving people an opportunity to focus on the excitement of a new experience.

Anika explains, “BuildForce Canada’s recently released 2014-2023 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast is telling Canada what Saskatchewan companies already know, that the need to build a strong, permanent workforce requires long-range planning. Seven thousand construction workers are expected to retire in the coming decade and paired with the continued demands on construction here in Saskatchewan, our need for skilled trades people is steadily increasing.

It’s for this reason that I am incredibly excited about the new partnership between Imagine Immigration + Consulting Services and the Saskatchewan Construction Association.  While separately we have both been working towards helping employers source the employees that Saskatchewan’s growing construction companies’ need, together we’ll be able to offer a much more comprehensive service that really looks to where the shortages lie and how together we can meet the needs and specific challenges of the membership.

As a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant here in Saskatchewan, it’s not just a place where I do business, it’s also my home; a place where my family both lives and works.  It’s a place that I know intimately, and know just how much it has to offer every newcomer that  comes here to work. I’m looking forward to getting to know the membership and to discover where their challenges lie, partnering with the Association to help create the solutions needed.”

This new pilot program between the SCA and Imagine Immigration + Consulting Services will enable our members to take advantage of seasoned immigration professionals at below-marketplace costs. SCA members don’t pay for the service unless they use it.  There is no monthly fee or up-front costs and members will pay only for the services they use.

If you are interested in accessing these new immigration services, contact the SCA office at 306.525.0171 or by email atimmigration@scaonline.ca.

My Letter to the Editor on the Recent Changes to the CIC Act – Making it More Difficult for New Immigrants to Keep Their Families Intact

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 in News, The Immigration Business | No Comments

My Canada Includes All Families

Dear Editor,

In my capacity as an immigration consultant I work with employers who struggle to find qualified workers to fill positions in their growing companies. Many of these employers have turned to immigration as a solution to fill their growing number of vacant jobs. New policies introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) could mean that over time the number of new qualified immigrants interested in coming to Canada could possibly dwindle in response to Canada’s new stance on family reunification.  A stance that is the opposite of everything that Canada once stood for in its Immigration policies.

As a country we have signed and ratified international conventions which affirm the importance of the family unit and the principle that families are entitled to protection by society and the state.  Yet this year, changes will be introduced that will mean that immigrants can no longer include dependent children older than 18 years old.  Instead they propose to reduce the maximum age of dependents from under 22 years of age to under 19 years of age, regardless of whether those dependents are fulltime students or for other reasons are dependent on their parents.

The introduction of this new restriction not only means that families will be separated, it will also limit Canada’s potential to attract skilled workers – some of whom will refuse to immigrate if they are unable to include their 18+ dependent children in their applications. Currently, I am working with a number of skilled worker clients, who would be negatively affected by this rule change. I am confident that had this rule been in effect at the time of each of their applications, those affected would have declined their offers of employment in Canada as it would mean permanent separation from their 19 and 20 year old dependents. This rule change has the potential to severely hinder Saskatchewan’s ability to attract the workers it so badly needs to meet its growth objectives.

Until recently there was also a two year moratorium on the parent/grandparent sponsorship program. This program re-opened in January 2014 but with a strict 5000 cap on applications, which was filled in less than a month. Some of the new requirements for this category made it very difficult for people to qualify to sponsor parents or grandparents. CIC significantly increased the financial requirements that a sponsor must meet in order to qualify by 30%. This requirement has most severely affected members of racialized communities, refugees, women, and others who are disadvantaged economically. In other words, the very people who have historically come to Canada in order to better their lives and those who first helped to build this country.

These changes and the current policies will and have ultimately made it increasingly more difficult for new immigrants to keep their families intact. Children will be left behind and for many, the dream of having their parents and grandparents join them here in Canada, will remain out of reach. Ultimately these changes and current policies serve to keep new Canadian families apart. While some might agree on the basis that overage dependent children, parents and grandparents are a ‘drain’ on our systems and do not contribute economically a large body of evidence points to how extended families including parents and grandparents are important to the social and economic wellbeing of families and to their economic productivity.

In the system currently set-up by CIC, the only family members that can be sponsored at this time are dependent children and spouses of Canadians or Permanent Residents.NO other family members can be sponsored.  This means that making the decision to come to Canada is ultimately a decision that means abandoning your family and leaving them behind forever.  Would you be able to do it?

Canada used to be seen as a country that prioritized family reunification and humanitarianism.  It has long been a part of how the outside world views us as Canadians. We can be that country again – and at the same time benefit not only as a country but as a province by attracting new immigrants to help fill our current labour shortages.

Let’s make a return to this identity by rebalancing immigration levels so that families make up a larger percentage of the total immigration; by expanding the definition of families to reflect the realities of diverse cultural communities & by removing barriers to reunification by allocating the resources needed to process applications in a timely manner.

If you agree, and if your Canada includes families of the people that come here to help our economy I urge you to discuss the matter with your local member of parliament and/or write a letter to Chris Alexander, the Minister for Immigration.

Sincerely,
Anika Henderson
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
Imagine Immigration & Consulting

Let Kenneth Stay Campaign

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in News | No Comments

My letter to the Honourable Chris Alexander, P.C., M.P. urging him to allow Kenneth Aldovino to remain in Canada as his dying mother wished.

Kenneth Aldovino Let Kenneth Stay Campaign

Temporary foreign worker program a good fit for business

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in News | No Comments

 

Reprinted from the Prairie Post,  Feb 14, 2014

Imagine Immigration in the Prairie Post

The original story as it appeared in the Prairie Post

by Gail Kesslar

As Saskatchewan continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, so too grows the number of jobs that are being created here.  While some of the numbers needed to fill those jobs have been sourced through young people who no longer have to leave the province in order to find work, a great number of workers have also been sourced from overseas under Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.  A program that Pat Rokochy at Cypress Motors in Swift Current has had experience with firsthand.

“We’ve had a huge need to fill our technician quota in the shop with good qualified technicians,” says Rokcochy. “They are extremely hard to come by in the market right now, so the discussion came around the management table about looking overseas.”

Imagine Immigration Temporary Foreign Workers

Anika Henderson meets with Cypress Motor’s Pat Rokochy and employees Welbour Welbour Espartero and Emiliano Gallanosa

Knowing they’d need help from a professional, and looking to the growing number of professionals that are cropping up all over Canada, Rokochy said they were initially approached by a consultant from Regina before they realized they were fortunate enough to have one right here in their own backyard.

“I was talking to my wife,” says Rokochy, “and she mentioned that Anika Henderson is also a consultant. I had known Anika from her previous position with the Newcomer Welcome Centre, here in Swift Current, but I didn’t realize until that point that she was now an Immigration Consultant.”

Getting in touch with Henderson, who owns and operates Imagine Immigration, Rokochy says the thing that sold him on putting his trust with Henderson was her local connection to newcomers.

“We wrestled with the decision,” admits Rokochy.  “Would you maybe get more higher qualified applicants to look at going the one route? Or would you be better off to have someone with a connection to the community?  And it was that connection to the community that for us ultimately had more value.”

Welbour Espartero

Welbour Espartero is originally from the Philippines and is currently working as an Automotive Technician for Cypress Motors in Swift Current

A value that’s proven itself in the fit Cypress Motors has found in their two new employees, Welbour Espartero and Emiliano Gallanosa, both from the Philippines.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have been able to find two excellent candidates,” says Rokochy. “They’re wonderful people who have fit in here seamlessly.”

A fit that Rokochy attributes to not only the personal service that Henderson was able to offer, but also his own and Cypress Motors’ dedication to ensuring that both Espartero and Gallanosa felt like they were a part of the Cypress Motors team.  Something that for Rokochy has been an amazing experience as he gets to know the two men better and learn of their personal stories.

“I don’t think people appreciate enough the sacrifices these guys make. I mean, I have kids of my own, they both have two kids and a wife that they’ve left behind halfway across the world. And after the typhoon that hit the Philippines, where they were only able to watch it all unfold on television like the rest of us – I couldn’t even fathom the helplessness they must have felt.”

 

Founder and President Anika Henderson of Imagine Immigration, Saskatchewan's premiere Immigration Consulting firm.

Founder and President Anika Henderson of Imagine Immigration, Saskatchewan’s premiere Immigration Consulting firm.

As Temporary Foreign Workers, there is a risk, however slight, that once they leave, they might not be allowed back into the country. A risk Espartero had to weigh the costs of recently when his uncle, who was the primary caregiver in his youth, passed away.

“Because both of his parents were gone early, Welbour’s uncle was the man who put him through school and did everything for him,” says Rokochy. “Yet because of his status he really had to wrestle with the decision of whether to attend his funeral or not. I don’t know if people really realize all they have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice to have a life and a future here.”

Imagine Immigration story on Temporary Foreign Workers Featured in the Prairie Post

Emiliano Gallanosa is also from the Philippines and hopes one day to be able to have his family join him in Canada

Speaking personally with Espartero, who gets tears in his eyes when he speaks of all that he has left behind, you learn that despite the four long years he and his wife have been separated, (he had worked in Dubai prior to coming to Canada), it has been a sacrifice both he and his wife have been willing to make for the chance to live in Canada.

“Life in Canada is awesome,” says Espartero. “It’s far, far different from back in my country of the Philippines. I really love it here. I want to live here with my family for the rest of my life. Everyone has been so wonderful and have given me assistance.  If you need something there are people to help you. And I really appreciate that.”

For other businesses thinking of looking to Temporary Foreign Workers as a possible solution to their own Human Resource needs, Rokochy cautions that while they have had 100% success with their solution, it’s not as easy as first it may seem.

“It’s a risk. There are significant costs involved and it’s the risk of who are you really bringing over?  You can look at resumes all day, you can do all the research and be as diligent as you can be, but until that person walks through the door you don’t really know who you’ll be getting.”

“Our success with the program” continues Rokochy, “I think comes from the benefits that Anika brings by being personally invested.  You can see right away when she sees those two guys in the shop that there is an extremely friendly smile between them. There’s a personal connection there, it’s not just a business transaction. We’re talking about people and lives here. So it’s more than just that business transaction, it’s the personal touch and the involvement that she puts in. Thing like, when Welbour got here she lined up the housing for him. She lined up the bedding for him. Not everybody is going to do things like that, and that’s the gift and the personal touch that she brings to her business.”

Moving forward Rokochy says they are still on the lookout for more workers, and are working with Henderson to bring two more applicants into the business, with the hope of sourcing one additional candidate from the U.K. Partially because the process is a shorter one, and partially because Automotive Technicians from the U.K. also have exposure and experience with Ford products prior to their arrival.

“We’re still looking for that Ford Diesel technician,” says Rokochy.  “That’s our biggest need and we’re hoping that there’s someone available for that over in Ireland or other parts of the U.K.”

“If you’re looking to hire Temporary Foreign Workers for your business,” advises Rokochy. “You need to have the connections and a network of support, like the kind that Anika brought to us.  It will greatly increase your chances of retaining someone.”

Cypress Motors in Swift Current

Cypress Motors in Swift Current

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Geronimo! Learning to Leap

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in News, The Immigration Business | No Comments
My mother, Mary Henderson, showing our newest employee Leny Geronimo the ropes.

My mother, Mary Henderson, showing our newest employee Leny Geronimo the ropes.

In the past two years since beginning my business as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, aiming to help meet the needs of both newcomers and employers, I have been fortunate to see my business grow at an amazing rate. New clients, new opportunities and new partnerships are just some of the exciting prospects I have been privileged with. But with new growth, comes the paperwork and added administrative duties that go with. As the paper and daily tasks mounted I knew I had turned a corner, and while my Mother (a great administrator in her own right) had happily stepped in to fill in where she could, the time had come – I needed to hire my very first employee.

Even though I knew my business would only benefit from this logical next step, it was a scary proposition for me, because I pride myself on being hands-on and being someone that clients know will go that extra mile for them. Ultimately I know that the calibre of your business relies on the calibre of the people who help you build it.  I knew I could source out new employees for my clients, but could I source out one for myself?  Living in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, while never a barrier when it comes to working on immigration applications or for employers from anywhere in the country thanks to modern technology, as the only immigration consultant in the city not too many others would have the particular skill set I was looking for.

Introducing Imagine Immigration's first  employee Leny Geronimo

Introducing Imagine Immigration’s first employee Leny Geronimo

Enter in Leny Geronimo, who had no idea how significant her surname is here in Canada!  Born in the Philippines, Leny had come to Canada in September of this year with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a wealth of experience working in Human Resources.

Back home in the Philippines, the company she had worked for often sent teams of people into other countries to offer tech support for the products they sold.  As a result she had a lot of experience working on visa applications!

A further perusal of her resume let me know that here finally was the ideal candidate for my company.  Not only did she have the specific experience processing visa applications that I was looking for, but arising from that experience was the knowledge of just how meticulous you need to be when filling out such forms.  I had found my first employee.

The added bonus, now that I’ve hired Leny and installed her into my office, is that it turns out she compliments my personality perfectly.

While I had focused much of my energies into clients needs, I hadn’t spent the time I possibly should have in ensuring my own processes and organizational work flow was set up to work as efficiently as possible. That aspect of my business now, thanks to Leny, is well underway!

Leny and I compliment each other's personalities perfectly.

Leny and I compliment each other’s personalities perfectly.

In the beginning I approached the prospect of letting someone into my office and my business with fear and trepidation, but now that I have finally taken the leap, it’s turning out even better than I ever could have expected.

Now, I can stop being so “busy” trying to juggle every aspect of my business at once, and instead focus on and invest the time that’s needed into actual client relations, and to building on my expertise and experience as a consultant rather than an administrator; something that will only benefit my clients both present and future.

Just as Saskatchewan, my home province, is experiencing growth, a growth that has translated into a need for many new skilled workers, so too has my business. Now, with Leny by my side doing what she does best.  I’m ready to face that growth head on and take even more leaps!  Geronimo!

 

It's great to work with such amazing women! (l to r Anika Henderson, Mary Henderson, Leny Geronimo)

It’s great to work with such amazing women! (l to r Anika Henderson, Mary Henderson, Leny Geronimo)

Good Enough to Stay

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 in News, Temporary Foreign Workers | One Comment
We need to welcome new workers not only into our economy but into our country.

We need to welcome new workers not only into our economy but into our country.

As another Thanksgiving passes us by, one thing I know that I’m thankful for is all of the employers I do immigration consulting work for who treat the temporary foreign workers they hire with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Unfortunately the same can not be said for all employers who take part in the program.

At this point in our history Canada desperately needs workers and as a result, the Temporary Foreign Workers program was created as a way of filling that need.  A program that is a HUGE shift in Canada’s immigration policy, from welcoming newcomers, to welcoming workers for as long as they are useful to us.

Of those newcomers who arrive in Canada with hopes and dreams of one day living in Canada, willing to fill low-skilled, hard-to-fill positions, most are only here for a maximum of four years with no opportunity to become a permanent resident.  Typically they’ll stay for their four year maximum before returning home for a four year period, until they can apply once more to come to Canada, with the hope that this time things will be different. This time they won’t have to repeat the cycle and leave their families behind.

Temporary Foreign workers are filling a gap in our country's growth.

Temporary Foreign workers are filling a gap in our country’s growth.

Hardships for temporary workers are many, and because they are tied to specific employers, often times they are also subject to abuse at the hands of those employers.  While many employers (like the ones I work with) are AMAZING and look after their workers well, many other employers with temporary workers tied to them, use that tie to bind and force workers into unpaid overtime, dangerous conditions or sub-standard living conditions.  When a worker’s status in Canada is tied to their employer, the chances of a them complaining against that employer even if they are underpaid or abused becomes extremely low.

Yet these workers are needed and are filling a role in our country’s growth.  They are good enough to come and work here and to help save our economy by providing crucial labour but for some reason they are not good enough for us to provide them with the opportunity to stay permanently in Canada.

The other day I received a letter from a gentleman named Igor Farion, a U.S. immigrant who has lived and worked in the United States for over 22 years, but who, due to improper representation by a band of unethical immigration lawyers and bungling of his permanent residency status paperwork, now sits in limbo and like the millions of other immigrants waiting for the day when promised immigration reform finally will be implemented in the US .

If you’d like to read Igor’s letter in it’s entirety and to learn more of his story please visit this page [http://imagineimmigration.ca/we-are-the-people-too-by-igor-farion/].  He ends his letter, with a poem that I will end this post with. While the system in the U.S. is much different than the one here in Canada, the parallels are unmistakable.  Our temporary foreign workers are part of the “people” of Canada too.  They are part of the fabric of our country, and they should be allowed the opportunity to become permanent residents, and ultimately citizens, of our great  country.

If you believe this too – spread the word – share your stories – and follow the hashtag #GoodEnuf2Stay or “Like” us on Facebook to see updates on this issue. (www.facebook.com/imagineimmigration)

We are the people too!

We are the people who are living on the street.

We are the people who are surviving every week.

We are the people with families and kids.

We are the people who don’t kick cans down the road.

We are the people who keep the families somehow afloat.

We are the people who take care of your homes and kids.

You like to hire us for renovation

And when we’re done you serve us with a deportation.

We are the people who don’t deserve this treatment.

How is it in this rich nation millions of people are living in probation?

We are the people, who don’t have lobbyist representation,

That’s why we are in lifelong deportation.

We are the people who don’t move factories abroad.

America is still united, than why state policies are so divided?

Now upon us is a new election.

We hear again the same old promises

But don’t see any action.

We are the people with devotion,

Don’t treat us with a bad emotion.

We are the people who have a better life desire

But Senate keeps us in despair.

We are the people who are devout

That’s why all candidates are looking for the Vote.

Can Congress kindly spare America the drama-

And just for a moment support president Obama?

America!  We are the immigrants,

We are the people too!

We Are the People Too – by Igor Farion

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 in News, Uncategorized | No Comments

U.S. ImmigrationIgor’s (edited) Letter to the People of America:

 October 1, 2013

Dear America!!!

Thank you very much for dedicating your valuable time in reading my letter.

I dedicate this letter to my parents, whom I did not see for over 22 year, because everything starts at home with their love and commitment.  To my younger brother and his family; they are always my inspiration. To my nieces, whom I did not see yet; may they have a better future!

To happiness – may everyone find it!

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There are many reasons why people write. For some it is a way to express themselves and a pleasant way to spend their free time. For others it is desperation and a way to be heard and to find some answers to a life long struggle.

So here I’m in my life when after many years of living in the country I have more questions than answers. Before anybody starts to criticize me, I’m asking you to be patient and to read this letter to the end. I ask you to do so not only for myself; do it for other people, who currently do not have a voice in our society, do it for you, and do it for the country.

My name is Igor Farion and I have been living in greater Cleveland, Ohio in the county of Cuyahoga for over 22 years.  I have never been arrested.  I worked 12+ years for the same employer and had a good reputation.  I had a work permit at that time, paid my taxes, and was represented by American lawyers in order to gain permanent residency status.  I spent a lot of money for their services.  Even though these attorneys claimed expertise in their knowledge of immigration practices, they made mistakes, which put me in the position I am today. So I like millions of other immigrants, am living in the USA without proper documentation and cannot defend myself.  Both my attorneys have been disciplined by the state of Ohio and indefinitely suspended from the practice of law in Ohio.

I learned a new trade and began working as a self-employed person, working hard to build clientele to eventually give an opportunity to others for employment by expanding my business.  I pay taxes and have done a lot of good for many people handling myself ethically and keeping in mind each person’s home is their castle making sure I fulfilled their wishes in the work requested to be done.

Both my parents are very sick.  My father had a second stroke, his health is very fragile. For the last 18 month he is in bed and his health is decreasing very rapidly.  I have not seen them for more than 22 years.  If I leave now I can lose all I worked so hard to get. And if I do not leave I may never see them alive. I think that you will agree with me that no individual should make that kind of choice in a free democratic society.

Immigration has made this country great, and blocking it hurts US.  When will the politician start to understand that?

During the twenty-two-plus years I lived in Cuyahoga County, Ohio I bought and still own a condominium from the year 1997.  I have paid city and property taxes as required and now INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) wants to deport me.

Why is there a deportation order for a person like myself, who pays taxes, owns property and lives in CuyahogaCounty and has never relied on any government aid for more than 22 years?   That does not make any sense.

Is it humane to hunt a person in a democratic society when that person only wishes for a better life for himself and the people he encounters through the work he does?  My taxes are paid.  I am vested in US social security program.  I never hid from the law before.  I did not use any government help and have only contributed to society.  Now INS wants to arrest me and I am at risk of losing all that I have worked so hard to get.  Is it fair that I have contributed towards taxes and social security to lose it all now?

How is that legal or lawful to keep millions of people in this situation?  Who is benefiting from this?

Slavery in this country was resolved a long time ago but not solving the immigration   problem will give new meaning to the word slavery in America in the 21st century.

Now I would like to share with you my thought on this problem. As I see we have two categories of undocumented people. On one hand there are the people who overstayed their visas because their paperwork was processing, they have real social security numbers and on the other the people who came without any legal status at any time. So just to do cherry pick certain solutions is not an immigration reform.

This is how I would deal with the situation:

1-st    Within 30 days create a onetime 12 month nonrenewable visa with two sections (the name of the visa will be created by house/senate). Section A for the people who overstayed their visas and section B for the people without any legal status at any time.

2-nd     Within the next 60 days register all undocumented people and provide them with the visa. The 12 month visa would start now.

3-rd    For the first three months plus the 12 month visa this is the time for the government to come up with the solution to the problem. No more kicking cans down the road. If they do not make the decision the visa will be exchange for the legal status. Otherwise they can create some penalty or another way that people can rehabilitate themselves. Fees are different for the people in sections A and B because people in section A already paid a lot of money to their lawyers.

The visa should allow people to leave the country and return back one time for no more than 30 to 60 days to visit parents and families.

In my opinion this is a humane way to keep people registered, to put more pressure on the congress and senate and finally to solve the immigration problem.

I would like to finish my conversation with you America with a poem I wrote not long ago before election 2012. I hope that this poem may be used as a proof that immigrants have been learning English!

We are the people too!

 We are the people who are living on the street.

We are the people who are surviving every week.

We are the people with families and kids.

We are the people who don’t kick cans down the road.

We are the people who keep the families somehow afloat.

We are the people who take care of your homes and kids.

You like to hire us for renovation

And when we’re done you serve us with a deportation.

We are the people who don’t deserve this treatment.

How is it in this rich nation millions of people are living in probation?

We are the people, who don’t have lobbyist representation,

That’s why we are in lifelong deportation.

We are the people who don’t move factories abroad.

America is still united, than why state policies are so divided?

Now upon us is a new election.

We hear again the same old promises

But don’t see any action.

We are the people with devotion,

Don’t treat us with a bad emotion.

We are the people who have a better life desire

But Senate keeps us in despair.

We are the people who are devout

That’s why all candidates are looking for the Vote.

Can Congress kindly spare America the drama-

And just for a moment support president Obama?

America!  We are the immigrants,

We are the people too!

Thank you!

Respectfully yours,

Igor Farion

Record Canadian Study Permits Issued Despite Immigration Workers’ Strike « The Trustline

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in Student Visas | 2 Comments

Reblogged from The Trustline

Record Canadian Study Permits Issued Despite Immigration Workers’ Strike « The Trustline.

Canadian Universities and colleges are concerned over the slower rates of approval of Canadian study permits to the international students due to the long strike of the immigration staff at Canadian embassies and missions abroad. However, Canadian Immigration data indicates that about 5000 more study permits were issued to international students this year from May to July compared to the same period last year. Canada immigration claims that processing times for Canadian study permits are with in two months which is a normal practice, however, the Canadian educational institutions are worried that longer processing times at Canadian embassies and missions abroad is forcing foreign students to chose other countries over Canada. International students pay higher tuition fees and are source of considerable income each year.

Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) statistical data has revealed that over 45000 Canadian study permits have been issued from May to July 2013 which is about 10 per cent more than the previous year for the same period. However, Canadian universities are worried that a large number of international students who are enrolled will not be able to obtained the required Canadian study permit to start their study programs in time.

Canadian universities and colleges are concerned that many international students will head to other popular education destinations such as Australia, United Kingdom or United States due to uncertainty in Canadian study permit application processing.

The spokesperson for Canadian immigration minister Chris Alexander, Andrea Khanjin, has said in a statement, “CIC is working to ensure the timely processing of study permits for international students.”

Andrea said, “The approval rate is 79 per cent, which is also above last year’s rate.” “There has been a six per cent increase in the number of student applications compared to last year,” added Ms Khanjin, “and we have issued 12 per cent more student visas than last year.”

Canada admitted about 40,000 international students during the period of May 2012 to July 2012.  It appears that students who did not apply for Canadian study permits well in advance will not be able to start their study programs on the first day of university this year. However, online application submission process has minimized the affect of study permit application processing despite that fact that Canadian immigration staff is on strike.

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